NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Friday, November 14th (All times eastern)
Atlanta Hawks (6-1) at New Jersey Nets (2-5), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The high-flying Atlanta Hawks will close out a four-game road trip this evening when they take on the New Jersey Nets in the opener of a home-and-home series at the Izod Center.
Atlanta had won its first six games of the season before falling to 2-1 on the trek following Wednesday's heart-breaking 103-102 loss to the defending champion Boston Celtics at TD Banknorth Garden. Celtics star Paul Pierce hit a fade-away jumper with 0.5 seconds to play and scored 34 points in the win.
Joe Johnson had a team-high 28 points and seven assists for the Hawks, who were off to their best start since winning the first 11 games of the 1997-98 season. Mike Bibby added 16 points and Marvin Williams had 14 in defeat.
Atlanta center Zaza Pachulia is questionable for Friday's game with a strained left shoulder.
New Jersey has lost three in a row and five of six games, dropping a 98-87 decision to the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday at the Izod Center.
Vince Carter registered 28 points and dished out seven assists for the Nets, who are just 2-5 on the season. Jarvis Hayes had 15 points and Yi Jianlian posted 11 points and eight boards in defeat.
New Jersey point guard Devin Harris, who has missed three straight games with an ankle problem, is listed as probable for tonight. Forwards Josh Boone (ankle) and Eduardo Najera (neck/back) are questionable against the Nets.
The Nets went 3-1 against the Hawks a year ago and have won five of the past six matchups in this series.
Atlanta is winless in its past three games at the Meadowlands.
These two teams will meet again Saturday at Philips Arena.
11/14 10:19:34 ET